Course Objective: Explain how neurons carry an electrical charge
This short comic explains how an action potential is used in a neuron to cause a sudden clench to an individual’s hand who has a condition known as dystonia. This comic will demonstrate how much like roads neurons allow for energy to be carried throughout the body in order for multiple different functions, such as movement.
To best understand this comic please read right to left.
The topic of my STEAM project is how Hydrogen Cyanide gas lethally obstructs the hemoglobin in our red blood cells from picking up and transporting oxygen. Our cells and organs suffocate from lack of oxygen even though we keep breathing, this is called metabolic asphyxiation. When hydrogen cyanide is inhaled it does not damage the respiratory system itself but it stops our ability to carry oxygen with results in systemic failure and rapid death. We basically drowned on the gas, much the same as we would in deep water, thus the painting instillation I created.
There is a great deal of information about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning associated with fires and heating equipment. At this point most Alaskans have CO alarms in their homes right next to the smoke detector. Unfortunately, another danger to first responders such as firefighters and medics, along with victims encountering fire smoke, especially in structure fires, is hydrogen cyanide (HCN). Research indicates that HCN is 35 times more toxic than CO. This is a common and deadly threat that could affect any of us, so sharing this information is vital.
For my steam project, I wanted to know how Spina Bifida affects the lower appendicular skeleton. There are a couple drawings of some of the different deformities that are common with Spina Bifida.
For my STEAM project I decided to take a deeper look into cardiac tissue. Through my research I found something that was super interesting. Scientists have made significant advancements in replacement heart tissue research over the past couple years. The art project I decided on was a replica of cardiac tissue with a bit of a twist. The cardiac tissue is broken up into puzzle pieces. I decided on this design because I believe in an abstract way, it represents my research beautifully. The cardiac tissue looks indiscernible from the real thing (or at least it is supposed to/would if I were an artist) except for the representation of puzzle pieces. This is used to show the viewer that it was manufactured and put together by scientist and did not occur naturally in the body.
Also, I am not sure why my picture is embedded as a link but i cannot seem to fix it.